By Lynda Hillman-Rapley, Lakeshore Advance
Lambton Shores – Another letter of concern letter came to Lambton Shores council regarding large scale industrial wind projects that are being proposed. The authors of the letter says the health issues throughout Ontario surround the installations. A second concern is rural life being jeopardized and the residents do not feel they are getting the proper information from the companies. They are asking for a show of support from Lambton Shores council. Councilor Lorrie Scott asked if this municipality sending anything to this group stating they against the turbines. “Or are we?” she asked. Mayor Bill Weber said the Green Energy Act has taken any municipal say out of their hands. Councilor Ruth Illman said this council can’t suck and blow at the same time. “We have an Official Plan where we have okayed these.”
Counc. John Russell agreed saying they are the land use authority but apparently have no voice to alleviate the concerns of their rate payers. He said they need to use their voice and take a stand to see if the larger numbers of turbines is a larger issue. (The original number of turbines has increased).
“I should have said I support the turbines1000%, it’s about time farmers are making some money. But we need to be the voice for the rate payers,” said Russell. “We need to write to government -they are leaving us out of the process and we are representing at ground level. If we don’t get a voice we are stupid.”
Counc. Martin Underwood asked what were they protesting; wind turbine setbacks or health or rural issues? “Or are we protesting we have residents we can’t help because we have no voice?”
Counc. Dave Maguire said the Green Energy Act was making it difficult for this council to work with the residents. He said he is currently working with a Grand Bend couple who are dealing with their next door neighbour, in a residential area, constructing huge solar panels.
He suggested two letters be sent out; one to MPP Maria Van Bommel and the second letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty and Energy Minister Brad Duguid to discuss wind turbines and solar panels. Council agreed with Maguire’s motion.